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5.0 out of 5 stars "...I'm On Shag Highway...Heading West!", 29 July 2011
This review is from: Love Actually [Blu-ray] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
*** THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE 2009 'BLU RAY' REISSUE ***

Like many people who have probably seen Richard Curtis' "Love Actually" one-to-many times, the idea of buying it yet again on another fangled format is enough to make you yawn and turn away.
But have you actually seen it on BLU RAY? Because if you haven't, you need to...

Having reviewed so many 'oldies' transferred to Blu Ray and been elevated fifty-per-cent of the time/disappointed the other half - it's a real delight to report that here is a genuine upgrade from every previous version. Suddenly, the film feels all grown up - the print is incredibly clear - and it adds so much to your enjoyment of the movie. There isn't a part of this rather lovely little gem that 'doesn't' seem improved to me.

The extras are the same as the 2003 DVD - Deleted Scenes and Music Of (with introductions from Richard Curtis), Kelly Clarkson and Billy Mack Videos (Billy Mack is Bill Nighy's character), a Feature Length Commentary with Director and Writer Richard Curtis and actors Hugh Grant, Bill Nighy and Thomas Sangster (Neeson's son in the movie). The picture quality for these clips is old actually and hardly high-def, but they are informative and hugely entertaining (especially when the galaxy of stars are talking - Liam Neeson and Laura Linney so enjoying themselves).

Apart from being wonderful to look at, you also forget what a great film it is - a huge upbeat pick-me-up of a thing - and hopeful in a way that seems to elude Hollywood stories so much these days. And it's so funny too - Martin Freeman and Joanna Page lying naked on top of each other as the rehearse making out for a skin flick ("Judy this is a real pleasure. It's lovely to find someone I can actually chat to..."), Bill Nighy on the Ant & Dec show "...kids, here's an important message from your Uncle Bill. Don't buy drugs. Become a pop star and they give you them for free!" and the ever-hopeful Colin as he embarks for the States to meet girls who will all helplessly fall for his English accent - and they do (title above).

So there you have it - great actors, clever intertwining stories, witty dialogue, genuinely funny and touching moments - even sadness and a bit of heartbreak - "Love Actually" is a bit of a British gem frankly. And on BLU RAY it's a winner. And cheap too.

Recommended like a night in with a saucy minx in Number 10...

BLU RAY Credits:
VIDEO: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen 2.35:1 aspect
AUDIO: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and French, Italian, German, Spanish and Latin American Spanish DTS-Surround 5.1
SUBTITLES: English SDH, French, Canadian French, Italian, German, Spanish, Latin American Spanish and Dutch

PS: for other superb BLU RAY reissues (including full restorations) - see also my reviews for:
"The Italian Job", "Saturday Night, Sunday Morning", "The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner", "North By Northwest", "Cool Hand Luke", "The Dambusters", "The Prisoner - The Complete (UK TV) Series In High Definition", "Braveheart", "Snatch", "The Ladykillers", "The African Queen", "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", "Back To The Future Trilogy", "Brief Encounter" and "Kelly's Heroes"
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Initial post: 23 Jan 2012 19:23:47 GMT
M. N. Walsh says:
Many thanks for giving the audio languages. I was going to upgrade a DVD copy bought in Finland (and played many times with both English and Hungarian audio [at different times!]) so I would be loath to get a better quality picture but lose the Hungarian soundtrack (which I really like - especially the Shakespeare/Beatles speech).

Without someone listing the audio languages I'd no doubt have ordered expecting the same languages as on the DVD and been massively disappointed. So again, many thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jan 2012 21:56:33 GMT
Last edited by the author on 23 Jan 2012 21:56:45 GMT
Mark Barry says:
Only too glad to help.

A point occurs to me. There's an Amazon France site you can look at - I often find that different versions of Blu Rays exist for different marketplaces.
I'd do an internet search if I was you for a Hungarian Audio on Blu Ray - there might be one out there...but out of Germany or Italy etc

Regards

Mark

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jan 2012 03:12:55 GMT
Last edited by the author on 24 Jan 2012 03:17:45 GMT
M. N. Walsh says:
It's a good idea but because both Amazon Germany and France have a large per package postal charge it's only really feasible if I need several other things from that site. I am after all just upgrading from a DVD I already have so total cost is more important than usual.

In view of your comments on the quality of the BluRay version, the reason I even started of thinking about the upgrade was because of the quality of the Blu-Ray version of Notting Hill for which your words ("the print is incredibly clear - and it adds so much to your enjoyment of the movie") would also apply. It seems like this rather small film company makes the effort others don't.
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